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by the bush administration first, and then, of course, were increased by the obama administration. it's important to recognize that the eslc report is not political in any way, shape or form. it endorses things that are heartily supported by the right , in some cases, and on the other hand that are supported by people on the left. it's important to recognize you can't just take the parts that you like. you have to take the wholistic approach, which is to, again, maximize u.s. production and to at the same time significantly reduce consumption partly by diversifying our transportation sector away from petroleum. now, the last thing i'll say before we sit down is it's important to recognize that petroleum use in transportation is the pivot point of this entire problem. about 70% of our 18.7 million barrel per day use of petroleum in this country is for transportation, and transportation is fueled about 93% of the time by petroleum. so if you want to reduce the united states' dependence on imported petroleum and the related geopolitical issues that that causes, particularly in an era whe
so far. this is the obama's administration offer. every day here in "the new york times"of the two proposals a the fiscal cliff continues to dominate washington here today and this week. irandy in alabama, republicans. caller: i think both of the approaches here are ridiculous. we keep talking about reforming the taxes when it is so complicated that an average person cannot even do it. it's really time to stop reforming the idea of taxes with all these tax ideas. it all it's going to do is drive up inflation. every time we raise taxes, inflation goes up. we really need to go to something like a consumption tax. there's a lot of space out your that do not even haven't come taxes, and their roads are really nice and they do not have been come taxes. they live off other taxes. i think they need to try to fix this whole thing was out just keeping throwing money at it. increasing rates and all of this stuff, it's madness. host: we showed you what senate majority leader harry reid had to say it in reaction to last night proposal from speaker john boehner. house democrats are having a cau
capacity at the airports to safeguard our system in the future. the obama administration and this congress have been great partners throughout this process, and we are grateful. the cost will be high, but it would be unfathomable in terms of the cost of lost productivity, disabled economies, and a fractured transportation networks should we fail to make those investments. the road ahead will be a challenge, but with the help of the government, we know that recovery is possible. thank you for holding this hearing, senator. >> we know well we are neighbors at professional office spaces across the street, we too, because of the densely populated character of our area, we have a lot of service to supply, and i thank you. you have done it well, and we are proud of the people at new jersey transfer, the sacrifices they have made on the job. we're glad to hear from you. >> thank you, mr. chairman. >> is an honor to be here the story, and i think you for that. it is an honor to have you as our senior senator. new jersey transit began monitoring for sandy days before the storm came ashore. personne
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